October 21, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
Roseville, Calif. — UFCW 8-Golden State members – have voted overwhelmingly to ratify new contracts with Safeway and Vons in Northern and Central California. The new contracts provide wage increases, bonuses, strengthen benefits, and enhance workplace standards. The four-year agreement with Safeway affects over 9,000 workers at 130 Safeway stores, as well as retirees.
The separate four-year agreement with Vons accomplishes similar protections and enhancements for approximately 500 union employees at several Vons stores.
The agreement includes: One year of retroactive wage increases; Three years of additional wage increases and bonuses:
Protection and funding of health care and pension benefits; and Improved working conditions.
“We are very proud of this agreement,” said Jacques Loveall, president of UFCW 8-Golden State. “These new contracts secure the highest wages, the finest benefits and the most generous pension plans in the grocery industry. Once again, our members proved Solidarity Works.”
UFCW 8-Golden State represents workers in several industries through much of Northern, Central and Southern California.